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The only peace-filled way through the holidays is to be thoughtfully engaged in the present moment. As we're present to our lives one moment at a time, Christmas will arrive. And having stayed in the present moment, we will occupy that Christmas reality in peace. #Advent2021

The Church has been waiting in anticipation of the return of Christ and fulfillment of his Kingdom for 2,000 years. These periods of waiting have not harmed the people of God—they have nourished + sustained us. Advent teaches us to pray: Come, Lord Jesus! We wait upon you.

When our neighbors observe the holidays differently than we do, we don't have to be afraid. Our call is to love/serve others in gentle peace, which brings peace to our souls + wellbeing to those around us. Harboring fear of other religions can pollute our souls and lead to harm.

How do we navigate caring for friends/ neighbors who observe the holidays differently than we are? We can begin by cultivating habits of heart that lead us to approach them as made in the image of God, and to be non-judgmentally curious about how they observe the holidays + why.

Bishop Todd Hunter’s life-long passion is to help others heed the call of Jesus to “come follow me” and thus to live their life in the kingdom of God as Jesus embodied, taught and demonstrated it. Bishop Hunter’s vision for such a life entails being the cooperative friend of Jesus, seeking to live a life of constant creative goodness, for the sake of others, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

This overarching vision has led Bishop Hunter to engage deeply with a few core themes:

  • The Gospel of the Kingdom
  • The person and work of the Holy Spirit
  • The nature and purpose of the church at the intersection of gospel and culture (missional ecclesiology)
  • Spiritual formation as core to discipleship to Jesus
  • Servant-hearted, kingdom-minded, Spirit-empowered leadership

Bishop Hunter has expressed his kingdom-Spirit-formation-church-culture focus in various settings. He is the founding bishop of The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others, a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America. Bishop Hunter is past President of Alpha USA, former National Director for the Association of Vineyard Churches, and retired founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, California. He is the author of Christianity Beyond Belief: Following Jesus for the Sake of OthersGiving Church Another ChanceThe Outsider InterviewsThe Accidental Anglican, Our Favorite Sins and Our Character at Work.

Bishop Hunter is also the founder of the Center for Formation, Justice and Peace. The Center’s interdenominational community seeks to develop the Christlike character necessary to activate justice, leading to a life of deep peace for all people. In addition, Bishop Todd serves as founder and president of The Telos Collective, an organization dedicated to forming leaders at the intersection of gospel and culture.

Bishop Hunter holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and has served as an adjunct professor of evangelism, leadership in contemporary culture and spiritual formation at George Fox University, Fuller Seminary, Western Seminary, Vanguard University, Azusa Pacific University, Northern Seminary, and Wheaton College. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer at several institutions of higher learning. Bishop Hunter has written articles for study Bibles, dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Bishop Hunter and his wife Debbie live in Franklin, Tennessee. They have two adult children.

Todd reminds us that the church is not a place to go to, simply another meeting, but the way God has chosen to make himself known in our world.

Ed Stetzer

Todd Hunter has provided a concrete and practical strategy for 21st century Christian living and witness.

Dallas Willard

Hunter writes with a grace-filled hand as he sets notions of Christian life, belief, community and mission into a new imagination, a Christianity rooted in the large sweep of the biblical story and expressed in the paths of actual life. This is a seasoned voice worth listening to!

George R. Hunsberger

Todd Hunter is someone who cares deeply about evangelism in contemporary culture. His huge experience in studying models of church growth give him a unique insight.

Nicky Gumbel

Todd Hunter draws on ancient practices in order to provide insight and strategy to face temptations in our lives.

Margaret Feinberg